Virginia Satir

Personal Iceberg Metaphor

The intrapsychic focus of Virgina Satir's work has been identified in terms of an Iceberg Metaphor. Basically, it is a way of conceptualizing human experience and recognizing that most human experience is actually internal. The components of the internal experience are very interactive and systemic. Changes in one area often result in changes in other areas. In a linear, two dimensional framework, the areas, or components, that are included in the iceberg metaphor are a) behavior, b) perceptions, c) expectations, d) yearnings, and e) the Self.

Satir Mandala

The Satir model is a growth oriented approach based on the belief that people have the inner resources to resolve problem situations. Looking at the many rules and roles within the family system can help surface the resources that then can be used within the family system. This version of the Mandala is designed to look at those rules and roles.

The Five Freedoms

“I believe the greatest gift I can conceive of having from anyone is to be seen by them, heard by them, to be understood and touched by them. The greatest gift I can give is to see, hear, understand and to touch another person. When this is done I feel contact has been made.” The Five Freedoms empower me to be me.

Brief Biography of Virginia Satir

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